Spy satellite launch gets scrubbed? Boo! Meteor explodes in California skies? Yay!

Lick Observatory's James Lick telescope

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However, United Launch Alliance, a launch service provider for national security missions, announced the launch had been scrubbed because of "indications of booster complications". "Like a fighter pilot that was leaving a insane streak in the sky". "Or aliens. One of the two".

The National Weather Service Reno said that according to reports, it appears that the light was likely a meteor or space debris entering the atmosphere.

We spoke with someone from Vandenberg Air Force Base who told us they can neither confirm or deny a rocket launch.

The NROL-17 launch had to be put off until December 30 at the earliest so that United Launch Alliance could address the Delta 4 Heavy rocket's accumulation of excess hydrogen.

There were three rocket launches scheduled for Wednesday but all of those launches were scheduled to launch outside of California.

The launch has been rescheduled for Thursday.

"When upper winds in the atmosphere blew the contrail into nicely contorted shapes that looked like a unusual glowing curlicue in the air that baffled a lot of people".

Dozens of people called and emailed the KPIX 5 newsroom asking what the phenomenon was, but so far the reason behind the lights remains a mystery.

The Lick Observatory in San Jose, however, was more certain: "A bright meteor was visible in the skies over the Bay Area shortly after sunset", they wrote on Facebook.

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